2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided'

2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided'
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"She's juggling a caucus that's divided," said Ryan while reiterating his own support for impeachment. "I personally think that the president has committed crimes and I don't think he's above the law."

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"She's got to juggle the interests of the caucus and it's not easy because there are people in our caucus that don't want to go down the road of impeachment, and that makes it difficult for her as a leader," he added.

Ryan unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for the House Democratic leader post in 2016.

Ryan, who is among two dozen candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, first called for impeachment proceedings against Trump earlier this month.

“When you think that the President has committed comes - and I’ve read the Mueller report and think he obstructed (justice) on multiple occasions - we have a responsibility,” he said during a CNN town hall, citing a press conference by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE.

He is among 62 House Democrats who have called for an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi has resisted those calls for impeachment.